Washington column for Sept. 5

Remembering 9/11

I trust everyone had a nice and safe Labor Day weekend. This will be the last vacation for some of us until Thanksgiving. (Come to think, that’s not too far off.)

In just a few days, our country will be observing the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy, the country’s worst terrorist attack. For some, it seems long ago, for others, like only yesterday.

Let’s not forget the the innocent victims and the brave heroes who died attempting to save them. Nor the survivors, the children, the devastated families and the the grieving friends they left behind.

But for those of us who lived through these events, the only marker we’ll ever need is the tick of a clock at the 46th minute of the eighth hour of the 11th day. We will remember where we were and how we felt. We will remember the dead and what we owe them. We will remember what we lost and what we found.

I’d like to leave readers with these wise words by Richard Roman:

The sun will come up tomorrow, but not for those who died today.
And there are no magic words to bring them back, that anyone can say.
Life will go on tomorrow, but not the same as yesterday.

And in our time, we will honor the memory of that day by doing our duty as citizens of this great country, freedom’s home and freedom’s defender. Let’s take time out from our busy schedule on Sept. 11 to remember those who lost their lives through this tragedy.

News from Trinity

Trinity Episcopal Church begins its normal worship schedule this Sunday (Sept. 8). Rev. Jennings Hobson holds three different services beginning at 8, with the more traditional Rite 1 service. The more relaxed and contemporary family service is at 9:15 a.m., followed by Sunday School at 10. At 11, the service Holy Eucharist II alternates with Morning Prayer. For those who need caffeine, coffee hours are held after the 9:15 a.m. and 11 services and all are invited.

Sundays aren’t the only busy times at Trinity, as exercise classes are held often during the week.  Contemplative Prayer, Bible Study, Education for Ministry classes and AA meetings are held once a week. A Healing Service, Benedictine Way, Stewards of Creation and Education for Ministry II events are held once a month. Twice a month the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and the Women’s Fellowship meet on Saturday mornings.

Trinity is also deeply involved in outreach. Haiti is high on the list, as well as local outreach such as the Food Pantry and the Benevolent Fund. One event that helps support the church’s outreach is the 58th Dried Flower Sale and House Tour on Oct. 19.

On Sept. 15, the parish hall will be transformed into a working area for making dried flower arrangements. Shortly before the house tour, the parish hall will again be transformed into a magnificent display of arrangements for sale. Trinity invites anyone and everyone to partake of its daily, weekly and monthly offerings and help Trinity help the community.  

Birthday wishes

Belated birthday wishes go out to Gary Jenkins of Washington, who celebrated his day on Sunday, Aug. 25, and to Loring Anderson Jr., who celebrated his birthday last Wednesday (Aug. 28). For those who do not know Loring, he is the brother of John Anderson, who owns Jessamine Hill Farm down Tiger Valley. Belated birthday wishes also go out to John Bourgeois, who celebrated his  birthday on Saturday, Aug. 31.

A special birthday wish goes out to my niece, Joy Alther, whose special day is this Saturday (Sept. 14). Other birthday wishes go out to Shirley Hitt and Hazel Haines, twin sisters who are celebrating their special day next Friday (Sept. 16). Ladies, make sure you both get Lois Alther to take you out for a night on the town and to bake your favorite cake.


Sympathy goes out to the family of Elmer S. Atkins, 86, of Sperryville. Mr. Atkins passed away last Friday (Aug. 30) at his home. He started in business by selling fruit and running a Phillip 66 gas station and an antique shop. Later he owned and operated a cold storage and a cider mill from which he sold cider to many people. Finally, he was the owner of Elmer’s Antiques for many years.

When I was growing up on Sunnyside Farm, I can remember my father would take apples and peaches out to Elmer to sell at his fruit stand. He was a friend to many and always had a smile on his face.

A funeral service was held yesterday (Wednesday, Sept. 4) at at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel in Culpeper with Rev. Joel Cress officiating. Interment followed at Washington Masonic Cemetery.

Christmas in Washington

It’s never too soon to start thinking about Christmas. Here in Washington, that means the Christmas-time Washington Artisan Fair, which still has a few more openings available. The parade and (juried) fair is 10 to 4 p.m.; six feet of table space is $50. For more information, contact Berni Olson at 540-987-8440 or gingerhillantiques@gmail.com.

Have a great week!